Nov. 17, Ontario, Ore. / Piper Tri-Pacer


At 13:18 mountain time, a Piper PA-22-135 experienced an in-flight breakup shortly after takeoff from Ontario Airport. The pilot was killed. Investigators said the left side forward wing lift strut separated from the aircraft in flight and the wing tip section outboard of the lift strut attachment folded up. The aircraft then descended to an open field and was consumed by fire.


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